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Define prolapse

1. Descent of pelvic organs due to weakness of the structures that normally hold in place


Endopelvic fascial ligaments

1. Pubocervical

2. Cardinal ligaments

3. Uterosacral ligaments



1. Congenital weakness in endopelvic fascia

2. Acquired

a. Childbirth->Forceps, vacuum, ++birth weight, prolonged second stage b. Lifestyle->Obesity, chronic cough, constipation, heavy loads, ageing


Classification of genital prolapse

1. Dislocation of the urethra

Displaced downwards and backwards off the pubic

2. Cystocele

Herniation of bladder trigoe->weak vaginal/pubocervical fascia

Bladder pouch forms, residual urine, UTI

3. Uterine prolapse

Uterus and cervix

4. Enterocele

Pouch of douglas herniation

5. Rectocele

Prolapse of lower vaginal wall->rectum bulges into vagina

6. Perineal body

May be deficien/part of anal canal buldging into vagina


Degress of cystocele

1. First degree: Cervix remains in upper vagina, >1 cm from hymen 2. Second degree: Cervix reaches down to vulva on straining, doesn't pass through it w/i 1cm hymen 3. Third degree: cervix/some of uterus prolapsing outside vaginal orifice


History in pelvic organ prolapse

1. Symptoms

a) Vaginal b) Urinay c) Bowel d) sexual

Lump in vagina

Dragging feeling


Difficult intercourse


UTI Incomplete bladder emptying

Manual defecation/urination

2. Risk factors

Vaginal birth


Pelvic surgery





CT->history of hernias



1. Empty bladder/bowel 2. Speculum 3. Strong valsalva 4. Anterior Urethra + bladder 5. Central w/ uterus, small bowel Uterine prolapse Vault prolapse 6. Posterior compartment Small bowel Rectum



Vaginal and periurethral cysts


Diverticulum of urethra

Urethral caruncle

Mucosal prolapse 



1. In childbirth

Careful Mx of labour

Discourage from pushing until fully dilated= ++strain on uterine supports'

Do not prolong second stage unduly

Carefully suture episiotomies in layers

Postnatal exercises

2. Lose weight

3. Treat underlying cause of cough

4. Smoking cessation

5. Treat constipation



1. Pelvic floor exercises, watchful waiting

2. Treat UTI

3. Antispasmodics for urge incontinence and detrusor instability

4. Pessaries

Exchanged every 3-4 months

B/t posterior fornix and anterior vaginal wall

May cause ulceration, embed in wall, carcinoma

5. Vaginal surgery

Anterior and posterior colporrhaphy

Sling repair, transvaginal mesh repair

Need urodynamics prior to treatment

6. Uterine prolapse


Apex or paravaginal repair


Delancey classification

1. Level 1 (paramilleurian): The cardinal-uterosacral ligament complex provides apical attachment of the uterus and vaginal vault to the bony sacrum. Uterine prolapse occurs when the cardinal-uterosacral ligament complex breaks or is attenuated.

Organ: Uterus, vault

Symptoms: Back pain, urinary obstruction, fullness/mass, UTI

Pathology: Uterine prolapse

Treatment: Transvaginal sacrospinous fixation/hysteropexy->attach to sacrospinous ligament

Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy->Mesh fixed to ant and posterior vault stapled to sacral promontory

2. Level 2: The arcus tendineous fascia pelvis and the fascia overlying the levator ani muscles provide support to the middle part of the vagina 

Damage results in rectocele or cystocele (pubo-vesical-cervical fascia)

a) Anterior

Organ: Bladder: paravaginal fascia

Symptoms: obstruction

Pathology: cystocele

Treatment: Native tissue repair, Mesh repair (low recurrence, extrusion, protrusion)


b) Posterior: Rectum

3. Level 3 (urogenital sinus, cloaca): The urogenital diaphragm and the perineal body provide support to the lower part of the vagina.

Damage results in deficient perineal body or urethrocele

a) Anterior: Urethra, periurethral fascia

Symptoms: Stress urinary incontinence

Pathology: Urethrohypomobility

Treatment: Transvaginal tape

b) Posterior: Perineum, peritoneum

Symptoms: Vaginal wind

Pathology: Deficient perineum

Treatment: Perinealplasty


Staging uterine prolapse

Stage 0: No prolapse

Stage I: The most distal portion of the prolapse is >1 cm above the level of the hymen

Stage II: The most distal portion of the prolapse is ≤1 cm proximal or distal to the hymen

Stage III: The most distal portion of the prolapse is >1 cm below the hymen but protrudes no further than 2 cm less than the total length of the vagina

Stage IV: Complete eversion of the vagina


Degree of perineal tear



1. Incision in perineum

2. the perineum is incised with scissors or a scalpel as the infant’s head is crowning.

3. An incision is begun at the posterior fourchette and continued downward at an angle of at least 45° relative to the perineal body. The angle of the incision may approach 90° (perpendicular to the posterior fourchette) if the perineum is significantly stretched by the fetal head, so that upon relaxation of the perineum the angle will approach 45°. The incision can be performed on either side and is generally 3-4 cm in length.

4. anatomic structures involved in a mediolateral episiotomy include the vaginal epithelium, transverse perineal muscle, bulbocavernosus muscle, and perineal skin.